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Written by Danny Weston

Illustrated by Miranda Harris

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Inchtinn Review

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Horror & Ghost Stories

A suspenseful supernatural coming-of-age thriller set on a rugged Scottish island

Island of Shadows

Set in post-war Britain, this gripping novel is steeped in atmosphere and adventure - think Enid Blyton for older readers with lashings of creepiness in place of cream buns and ginger beer.

Noah and his adoptive mother Millicent, a bestselling children’s author, are finding life hard after losing their beloved Captain in battle. Struggling to write a new novel, Millicent insists they head to the remote Scottish island of Inchtinn to find inspiration. Inchtinn means “Island of the Sick”, on account of it being home to a ramshackle 400-year-old leper hospital and not much else, apart from rumours of ghosts and unpleasant deaths, and a colony of aggressively protective guillemots.

When Noah encounters an otherworldly cave-dwelling girl, a sinister real-life mystery unfolds as Millicent struggles with her fictional Adventurers story. To Noah’s huge exasperation and anger, she won’t heed his insistence that they’re in danger. Indeed, tensions between mother and son run high throughout, and are powerfully addressed in the thrilling final sequences when Noah must face his greatest fears.

The novel’s rugged natural-world backdrop and classic ghost story motifs set it apart from many books for younger teens. Miranda Harris’s haunting line drawings make it unusual too - it’s a rare joy for novels aimed at this age to be illustrated. With its spirit of adventure and theme of facing deep-rooted fears in a grown-up way, this will satisfy readers on the cusp of their teenage years who don’t yet want to leave behind the mystery and magic of Middle Grade novels.

Joanne Owen

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Inchtinn Synopsis

Noah's emotionally detached mother insists on an adventurous trip to the remote Scottish island of Inchtinn. She's hoping for some inspiration to write her next bestselling children's book. Yet adventure isn't the only thing that awaits their arrival ... Sinister beings are stirring and when things take a turn for the worse, Noah is forced to face the most unimaginable fears.

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ISBN: 9781912979059
Publication date: 17/10/2019
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912979059
Publication date: 17th October 2019
Author: Danny Weston
Illustrator: Miranda Harris
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories

About Danny Weston

Danny Weston is the YA pen name for popular children and YA writer Philip Caveney. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh.His best known books are the Sebastain Darke series for middle grade readers, and The Piper and The Haunting of Jessop Rise for YA readers.

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